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Mortal Inquisition by ErikShoemaker Mortal Inquisition by ErikShoemaker
SlashTHREE Exhibition 12: Steampunk

This is my first out of five submissions for the new S3 artpack called Steampunk. I hope you like it!

thanks to the model stock ~Nadija-stock --> Original:
the cape: *Sinned-angel-stock
accessories: ~Angelus-Knight
dynamic hair: =arrsistable
and steam: =Manged
also [link]

© Erik Schumacher
This is no stock image, so don't use, copy or manipulate the original artwork without my written permission.
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Given 2009-11-19
Mortal Inquisition by *kire1987 The suggester encourages: "The lighting, the colours, and composition are just perfect. See it!" And there's not much more to add; except for the fact that this is yet another astounding display by an artist mastering the envisioned techniques needed to compell with a release that inspires many fellows out (t)here. ( Suggested by Bolv3rk and Featured by Destin8x )
Hey there again, i am happy to see another awesome piece of work.

Let us begin shall we? hehe.


When i first looked at it i was like.... Which way is up. When you look at which way she is sitting, and which way here hair and cape are going she could either be hovering there in spot, or she could be flying away, on a x and y axis.
The way the sun is in the background also throws me off, usually... wait a minute! I am lost! She could be falling?

I am going to give Vision 5/5 stars
Simply because i am going to keep guessing till Kire tells me which way. Darn you for confusing me!

As Kire said who doesn't know steam punk, and i am happy to say i have yet to see this steam punk.
The headgear, what exactly is that, a Gyro of sorts? Some sort of protective gear? Or maybe(complete speculation) a helmet that allows her to breath at higher elevations by pumping oxygen directly into the face?!?
The machine gun on the chest, is that for look or is that actually a part of her body? "I swear death patrol, i don't have any guns, bullets go flying out of her chest, killing all of them.

The Jet pack is a great touch too, tells you that it looks futuristic and exotic, but keeps within the idea of, HEY wen't can't really fly, we need to re-fuel every once in a while.

I will give Originality 5/5stars

Alot of Kire's work is amazing, i have yet to see something that isn't so.
He does say he uses stocks and after looking at the stocks and comparing photos, where are they? I have seen alot of his work involves the melding of reality and fantasy reality. In this picture, he did and A+ job on using the stock and blending it completely into the world he has created.

I give Technique 5/5stars.

Keep up the great work.

Other then leaving me confused, leaving me in aw and making a rather epic picture, not much more i can say on impact.

Impactu! a 5/5

Well DURRR, i gave it a 20 stars, he almost has enough stars to get him self another 1 up!(Hehe Super Mario World Reference)
Big deal so what, wanna fight about it?!

Again, keep up the good work Kire, can't wait to see the next one.
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Wow, where to begin? First of all, amazing lighting and movement in the righthand side of the picture. It looks remarkable, and very believable. However, what bothers me most about this image is that the left arm, head, and torso seem paralyzed in comparison to the rest of the body's movements. Her hair is whipping around an immobile-seeming, mannequin-like face, with a lifeless torso and a stiff left arm. It's not meant to be offensive, just how I perceive the image. The other elements, the details in the coat (especially the end), as well as the lighted effects as mentioned before, are absolutely astounding. Keep up the good work. :)

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Agacora Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing, I love the color composition. Can I please base a character around this.
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sure :) thank you!
CaptKalnar Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Just a nitpick here, but why is s/he firing slugs out of the tube (where the shells are stored) instead of the barrel on top? I'm just following the motion blur line thing and it's not coming from the muzzle of the weapon. Also, shells get ejected from the right side of the weapon, so they'd be coming towards the viewer and would not be that far forward unless you were traveling backwards at a very high velocity. But it looks like you're shooting downwards, so maybe. Also, you will not be able to fire four 12 gauge shotgun rounds that quickly without it resting on your shoulder, but that deviation from reality could just be an artistic preference, and it definitely looks cool holding the shotgun out like that. Generally, shells are red plastic with a brass back plate, not solid brass like rifle cartridges. And given, the minigun, Skorpion, and SPAS, I doubt I would also carry a flintlock. But then again, that's just the tactical side of me talking, it does look cool. But then again, I'm kind of a gun fanatic, so gun problems bother me more than most people.

Overall, I love the piece. Sunset is awesome, I like the way everything is positioned. I like the artstyle. The sparks falling downwards are a great touch. I'm just being nitpicky because I spend a lot of time with guns.
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah frankly I don't know much about this stuff. When I created this work a couple of years ago I just followed the 'cool-rule' :XD: Thank you for your elaborate explanation! I'll definitely consider everything you said when I update this image sometime in the future. Happy holidays to you and thanks again for the nice comment. :-)
Excalibur-T005 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
I love the trick with turning a sunrise(set?) sideways for the background - didn't really catch onto it until I read a response to another commenter, so my first impression of the background was that the character was floating high in the sky and pumping shotgun shells into a portal of some kind.

Out of curiosity, though, what's the deal with the circular things on their heads?
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the nice comment! To be honest, the circular things are more or less just there to add coolness. :XD: They could be some kind of helmet or device that helps them navigate in the skies, since the initial reference image used to be some kind of sundial I think (don't quite remember). I leave that up to your own interpretation. ;)
Excalibur-T005 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
The idea of them as an aerial navigation aid is an interesting thought, and certainly less unpleasant than some other possibilities for large metal contraptions fixed to people's heads.
trondude2323 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
badass 10/10
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :D
seand444 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
How do you get that painted/drawing look with these photos? What style is this called?
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